The public program for David Claerbout’s exhibition Unseen Sound at Garage features a screening of a film, chosen by the artist, which influenced his understanding of film language and structure. A dark comedy by Romanian director Cristi Puiu, The Death of Mister Lazarescu is a masterpiece of the Romanian New Wave and a winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s a story of loneliness and of being unwanted.
The elderly Mister Lazarescu is a widower living with three cats. One evening he suddenly feels a sharp pain, but because of his unkempt look he is denied medical help. The film follows the night-time wandering of the dying Mister Lazarescu between Bucharest’s hospitals. The Death of Mister Lazarescu marked the beginning of the Romanian New Wave and won an Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes Film Festival in 2005.
Before the screening there will be a discussion of The Death of Mister Lazarescu with David Claerbout and director Cristi Puiu.
The Death of Mister Lazarescu
Director: Cristi Puiu
Romania, 2005, 153 min. 16+